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How should teachers (including parents) respond to multilingual learners’ errors in written English? The Head of High School EAL at UWCSEA Dover shares some thoughts and practical pointers.
Andy Denney
Andy Denney

Andy has taught EAL, English, TOK, and Japanese in Japan, UK, Indonesia, Europe, and Singapore. He is currently Head of High School EAL at UWCSEA Dover. He also had a life before becoming a teacher...

Learning in 21C beyond the ticks and crosses
Andy Denney
Andy Denney

Andy has taught EAL, English, TOK, and Japanese in Japan, UK, Indonesia, Europe, and Singapore. He is currently Head of High School EAL at UWCSEA Dover. He also had a life before becoming a teacher...

Opinion, Professional Development, Teaching and Learning
Learning in 21C beyond the ticks and crosses 
Andy Denney
Andy Denney

Andy has taught EAL, English, TOK, and Japanese in Japan, UK, Indonesia, Europe, and Singapore. He is currently Head of High School EAL at UWCSEA Dover. He also had a life before becoming a teacher...

Opinion, Professional Development, Teaching and Learning
East Campus Music Recording Studio 
Courtney Carlson
Communications and Marketing Manager

School Infrastructure, Teaching and Learning, Technology
The benefits of balanced screen time 
Andrew McCarthy
Assistant Director of Learning Technologies, UWCSEA

Andrew joined UWCSEA in 2011 as a Digital Literacy Coach and has held the post of Assistant Director of Learning Technologies since 2014.

Andrew has Bachelor's degrees in Geography and Economics and postgraduate teaching qualifications from Victoria University of Wellington. He recently completed a Masters degree in Education from Monash University in Melbourne, focused on Leadership, Policy and Change.

Originally from New Zealand, Andrew has taught in both Wellington and Singapore in a variety of roles. He has been a Head of Department, Outdoor Education coordinator, and a leader of staff professional development. In recent years he has been an IB examiner for Economics, and a workshop leader in using technology to enhance learning and assessment.

Andrew teaches High School Economics and is a classroom practitioner at heart; he enjoys the outdoors, running and adventures back home in New Zealand. His wife Rachel also teaches in Singapore and they have three boys, the eldest of whom started K1 at UWCSEA in 2015.

On UWC's unique system... 
Chris Edwards
Head of College

Chris Edwards, Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.


Opinion, UWC
The process of staging Homer's epic poem... 
Manu Moreau
Class of 2018, East Campus

Manu Moreau served as the Assistant Director on the East Campus High School Drama production of The Odyssey, adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Holistic Learning Programme, Opinion
On the value of coaching 
Graham Silverthorne
Head of UWCSEA East

A History graduate from Cambridge University, Graham spent several years working in banking, editing and the legal world before discovering his life’s passion in teaching.

Originally from the West of England, Graham’s teaching career progressed through posts in Wales, Hampshire and West Berkshire before he took up his first Headteacher appointment at Netherhall School in Cambridge. His second Headship in the UK was at Gordano School, just outside Bristol, where he spent seven years, establishing the School as an independent Foundation School and having a building named after him!

In 2010, he set off on life’s great adventure and became Principal at South Island School, in Hong Kong where he spent 7 very happy years developing a school vision based upon much of the philosophy which underpins the UWC Mission. This adventure brought more bonus than he expected when he met his wife, Wendy, who speaks English a great deal more fluently than he speaks Cantonese. Graham and Wendy love sport (even running in the Singapore heat) and are enthusiastic hikers and cyclists. Wendy has even come to enjoy watching Manchester United play – a team that Graham has followed for longer than he is prepared to say.

Graham is a highly experienced leader with a particular focus on leading, developing and motivating high performing teams. He is an accredited coach and coach trainer and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the UK where he was also an accredited School Improvement Partner. He continues to work as a performance coach (pro bono) and helped to create a strong coaching culture in the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. His work in this area has been written up in the second edition of Best Practice in Performance Coaching by Carol Wilson. Graham holds a deep commitment to the UWCSEA mission and values and is at his happiest working with children and learning communities.

Leadership, Opinion, Professional Development
K2 integrate technology into reading and writing workshop 
Alison Forrow
Digital Literacy Coach

Holistic Learning Programme, Teaching and Learning, Technology
Why the stories we tell ourselves are so important 
Nick Alchin
High School Principal and Deputy Head of Campus, UWCSEA East

Nick has taught in IB schools since 1995, first teaching TOK and Mathematics at UWCSEA Dover and subsequently at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland. After working as Director of IB at Sevenoaks School, UK, and as Dean of Studies at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, Nick joined us in 2012. He has also been a part-time lecturer in Critical Thinking at Nanyang Polytechnic and California State University (Singapore).

IB Chief Assessor for Theory of Knowledge from 2005 to 2010 and Vice Chair of the IB Examining Board from 2007 - 2013, he is a textbook author, IB examiner, workshop leader and consultant who writes and speaks widely on various educational matters.

Nick has a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, postgraduate certificates in Engineering and Education from Wolfson College, Cambridge and Manchester College, Oxford and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the Open University.


Holistic Learning Programme, Leadership, Opinion, Teaching and Learning
Message from Anna Lord, Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors 
Anna Lord
Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors

An Irish citizen, Anna moved to London after university to work as a banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. After a few years working for Goldman Sachs, she decided to leave the banking industry when her eldest daughter was born. Since 2002, she has had the privilege of spending most of her time raising her four children.

The family moved to Hong Kong in 2006 and relocated to Singapore in January 2009, when Emma joined one of the first Grade 1 classes at the Ang Mo Kio Campus of UWCSEA. Emma is now in High School, and has been joined by her brother William, who is in Middle School and Ciara and Alice who are both in the Junior School.

Anna and her husband Nick were attracted to UWCSEA by its reputation for marrying academic excellence and values-based education. They firmly believe in and are committed to the ethos of the school. Anna is actively engaged with their children's education, as well as with some of the school's global concerns, social and fundraising events. She enjoys working with the Board of Governors to ensure that UWCSEA can maintain its place as a premier international school. She has chaired the Audit, Finance and Engagement Committees, as well as having sat on the search committees to find our Head of College and Director of Finance.

In her free time, Anna enjoys good food and wine, photography, skiing, travel and working on her French.

Holistic Learning Programme, Leadership, Teaching and Learning
An ambitious challenge for UWC  
Kate Woodford
Marketing Manager

Kate is a communications and marketing professional with extensive experience in both tourism and education management. Skilled in corporate and strategic communications, with proven expertise in translating industry and consumer data into marketing and content strategy. Part of the team that opened UWCSEA's East Campus, Kate has worked at the College for eight years in a variety of communications and marketing roles. Prior to UWCSEA Kate worked at Tourism Australia in a Trade Development role and at Tourism Queensland, supervising a highly succesful sales team based in Sydney. 

Kate has a Master’s in Communications and Public Relations from University of Technology Sydney and a Business Degree in Tourism Management. 

Leadership, Teaching and Learning, UWC
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